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Spades may not be turning dirt and hammers may not be pounding nails, but January is anything but a hibernation month for the people who volunteer with Habitat for Humanity across the Family Life Network listening area.
While Mary's posture of devotion at the feet of Jesus was a source of frustration to her "distracted" sister Martha, her desire to hear the words of Jesus and be near Him is a crucial example for all those who follow Christ.
Starting the day after Christmas, the Corning Museum of Glass in New York’s Southern Tier has been hosting its Holiday Break at the Museum, a time for exploring hands-on science exhibits, viewing a 14-foot tall glass ornament tree and enjoying the special features at the Hot Glass show.
In this passage, Jesus and the apostles visit Martha's home. Martha is very busy preparing the house for the visitors while her sister, Mary, sits at the feet of Jesus. She needs help and asks Jesus to have Mary help her. Jesus, however, points out to Martha that what Mary is doing is the right thing to do. Mary is at the feet of Jesus. She is in his presence and wanting to know Him better. In this busy time of year are we like Martha? Are we so distracted by the activities of the season that we miss the fact the Jesus is the reason for the season? Are we taking time to sit at the feet of Jesus?
For three days in December the hallways and great spaces at Calvary Baptist Church in Warren, Pennsylvania will be transformed into the streets of first century Bethlehem for what the church calls its Bethlehem Marketplace. Join Martha Manikas-Foster for a look at the event planned for December 11-13, 2009 in Warren, about a half-hour south of Jamestown, NY.
Join Martha Manikas-Foster for a “Neighborhoods in the Network” look at the 25th anniversary celebration of StarShine, the Penn Yan, New York downtown Christmas street festival that will be celebrated this year on Friday, December 4 from 5 until 8. It’s an evening of live music, a Chili Cook-off, stories with Mrs. Claus and a visit from the Merry Elf himself.
Join Martha Manikas-Foster for this “Neighborhoods in the Network” report on the 100th running of the Run for the Diamonds, a Berwick, PA Thanksgiving tradition. Two thousand runners are expected for this historic race over a 9-mile course that begins on Berwick’s Market Street at 10:30 on Thanksgiving morning. Twenty-one diamond rings and pendants will be among the 140 awards given at the finish of the race.
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The hamlet of Findley Lake, NY will be offering cookies with Santa and a chance for children to make bird feeders -- among other activities -- from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on November 21 and 22 during its Christmas Through the Village festivities.